- Craig Earle, MD, CEO
Craig Earle, MD, CEO
Dr. Craig Earle joined the Partnership in 2017 and is currently Chief Executive Officer. In his previous role, Dr. Earle was Vice-President, Cancer Control, where he led programs and initiatives that deliver on the priorities and actions of the 2019-2029 Canadians Strategy for Cancer Control.
Dr. Earle is also a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal oncology at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre, a Senior Scientist at ICES and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical training and Master of Science (epidemiology) at the University of Ottawa and a research fellowship at Harvard, followed by 10 years – 1998 to 2008 – at Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the Partnership, he was Head of Clinical Translation at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He is also a former Director of the Health Services Research Program for Cancer Care Ontario.
- David Lynch, VP, Finance & Corporate Services
- Erika Nicholson, VP, Cancer Control
- Rami Rahal, VP, Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation
- Andrea Reed, VP, Strategic Partnerships
David Lynch, VP, Finance & Corporate Services
David Lynch joined the Partnership as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services in 2016. He brings a breadth of executive leadership experience in finance, human resources, change management and operations.
Previously, Mr. Lynch was Associate Deputy Minister, Tax and Benefits Administration with Ontario’s Ministry of Finance. Overseeing an annual budget of almost $500 million, he led the strategy development aimed at tackling contraband tobacco and the ‘underground economy.’ Mr. Lynch has led province-wide service delivery initiatives including the implementation of more collaborative, client-focused finance and corporate service models with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. He is also credited with establishing the organization design and set-up of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in 2006 when he first was appointed to the role of Chief Administrative Officer.
Mr. Lynch also provided leadership across the Ontario Government as Chair of the Chief Administrative Officers Forum, Co-Chair of the Ontario Public Service Human Resources Council and as a member of the OPS Corporate Audit Committee. Outside of the Ontario Government, he has been active with the United Way and with the Conference Board of Canada on the Executive Committee of their Strategic HR Management Council.
Mr. Lynch is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies in geography and economics, and has completed the Ivey School of Business Executive Program.
Erika Nicholson, VP, Cancer Control
Erika Nicholson joined the Partnership in 2018 and is currently Vice President, Cancer Control. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control achieves its goals across the cancer continuum – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical care, survivorship and palliative care.
Previously, Ms. Nicholson was Director, Screening at the Partnership, leading the team responsible for improving the delivery of organized screening programs for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer in Canada and advancing equitable access to high-quality cancer screening in the provinces and territories. Based in Halifax, she also served as the Partnership’s Atlantic Regional Lead, advancing the Partnership’s pan-Canadian mission and forming strong relationships with system leaders and supporting connections with Indigenous organizations and communities throughout Atlantic Canada.
Ms. Nicholson has over 20 years of strategic leadership experience in cancer control and population health. Prior to joining the Partnership, she held senior positions in the Nova Scotia cancer care system as Senior Director, Provincial Program of Care for Cancer with Nova Scotia Health and as Director, Cancer Prevention and Early Detection with Cancer Care Nova Scotia. In these roles, she was responsible for the overall transformation and management of cancer care services and led the development and introduction of the Nova Scotia’s colorectal cancer screening program.
In addition to her experience in health care, Ms. Nicholson has also held leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector in Canada, and in financial services in Bermuda. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master of Health Science in Community Health from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Rami Rahal, VP, Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation
Rami Rahal joined the Partnership in 2011 and is currently Vice-President, Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation. In this role, he leads the integration of regional perspectives from across Canada into the Partnership’s work and is responsible for ensuring the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control achieves its goals through data, research, technology and information.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Rahal has helped health-care organizations and governments across Canada make informed decisions in policy, planning and service delivery. He combines his expertise in health-care management information, quality measurement and evidence-based decision support with a broad knowledge of the Canadian health-care system and more specifically, the cancer system.
Mr. Rahal has published on a range of topics, including more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on cancer system performance measurement and its use in evidence-based practice and policy. He has presented on the topic at a number of international conferences and has led workshops and courses on system performance measurement and knowledge mobilization in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Mr. Rahal holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto.
Andrea Reed, VP, Strategic Partnerships
Andrea Reed joined the Partnership in 2011 and is currently Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships. In this role, she leads complex, strategic initiatives for the Partnership and works directly with partners – cancer agencies, health organizations and health professionals – across Canada to affect changes in the cancer system.
In fall 2018, Ms. Reed led the Partnership’s largest-ever public engagement to update the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control at the request of the federal government. The Partnership engaged more than 7,500 Canadians, health care providers, health organizations and Indigenous leaders and communities, to better understand the diverse needs, values and priorities of Canadians when it comes to cancer prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship and end-of-life care. This feedback led to the development of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, which includes five priorities and actions for improving cancer care in Canada, and priorities and actions specific to improving cancer care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Ms. Reed also leads stakeholder engagement for the Partnership, which includes working alongside key partners at provincial cancer agencies and territorial health authorities to drive forward the priorities of the Strategy. She is accountable for driving collaboration across internal divisions and portfolios, partner and stakeholder engagement strategy as well as reporting the outcomes and impact of the Partnership’s initiatives to Health Canada, partners and other stakeholders.
Ms. Reed has over 20 years of experience in communications, stakeholder relations and business planning and development, in the public and private sectors, with a focus on health organizations. Previous roles have included Vice President, Health at Hill & Knowlton Canada, where she is credited with helping to build its health practice into one of the leading practices in Canada and Director, Campaign Communications at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Ms. Reed has also been a consultant to top-tier pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other health sector clients. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the University of Toronto.